To ascertain whether patients receiving HAART plus IL-2 have an increased frequency of new lymphocyte proliferative responses to HIV p24 antigen by Week 24 of A5046s compared to patients receiving HAART only.
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Proliferative responses to HIV antigens are either absent or of small magnitude in HIV-infected patients, even in the early stages of infection when vigorous proliferative responses to recall antigens are still seen. Remune consists of an inactivated, gp120-depleted virus intended to stimulate HIV-specific immune responses. Remune has been reported to increase lymphocyte proliferative responses to HIV antigens in patients with high CD4 cell counts. Many other T-cell-dependent responses are also impaired in HIV-infected patients, such as after vaccination with hepatitis A or B vaccine. In this study, patients with moderately advanced HIV disease who have already received 52 weeks of either HAART or HAART plus IL-2 are vaccinated with Remune and a control recall immunogen, tetanus toxoid (TT), to evaluate whether these patients can develop new CD4 T-cell and CD8 T-cell responses to HIV-related antigens. The antibody response to hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations also will be explored.Fifty patients are enrolled in this substudy; 17 from the HAART only arm (Arm I of ACTG 328) and 33 from the HAART plus either CIV or subcutaneous IL-2 arms (Arms II and III of ACTG 328). All patients are vaccinated 3 times with Remune and twice with TT. If patients are hepatitis A total antibody negative, they receive hepatitis A vaccine twice. Additionally, if patients are hepatitis B surface antigen negative, hepatitis B core antibody and surface antibody negative, they receive hepatitis B vaccine 3 times. Patients who are negative for all hepatitis markers receive hepatitis A and B vaccines. Week 0 of A5046s begins at or after Week 64 of ACTG 328 (for patients in the HAART-only arm) or 4 weeks after the initiation of the seventh or any subsequent IL-2 cycle of ACTG 328 (for patients in any of the IL-2-containing arms). [AS PER AMENDMENT 9/16/99: Patients can be screened through Week 124 of ACTG 328.] Patients receive Remune at Weeks 0, 8, and 16 and TT at Weeks 0 and 8. Hepatitis A and/or B vaccines are also given at these times, if indicated. Blood and skin tests are performed at Weeks 0, 8, 16, and 24 to measure immune response and lymphocyte proliferative responses.
Univ. of Iowa Healthcare, Div. of Infectious Diseases, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242, United States
NY Univ. HIV/AIDS CRS, New York, New York, 52242, United States
Actualizado: 13 de octubre del 2004